When Sheriff Jake Withers (George Hayes) sees John Carruthers (John Wayne) at the safe and then finds the payroll gone, he trails him. Just as he is about to arrest him, John saves his life. Still suspicious, he joins up with the man and later they learn that Melgrove (Edward Peil Sr.), the towns leading citizen, is trying to take over the area's ranches by having his gang stop all incoming supply wagons.
Almost all the Lone Star John Wayne movies have one or two quite unusual and memorable scenes. Here, it is the bizarre opening scene. It takes place in a hotel room on a rainy night and it is hard to tell what is going on for most of the scene.
December 28, 2019 Subject:
John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes - Find Gold
This is the 5th of the Lone Star Productions/ Paul Malvern produced movies, again directed by veteran Robert N. Livingston (father of cowboy star Bob Steele) and starring John Wayne and George "Gabby" Hayes. Both give fine performances. The plot, typical but well done involves veteran heavies boss Edward Pell, who with henchman ace stuntman Yakima Canutt, Earl Dwire and others are driving out all the ranchers because they know there is gold under their ranches. Pretty Eleanor Hunt, no great actress, is Wayne's love interest. IMDb says between 1930-40 she appeared in 28 movies and then retired from the movies. There are recurring themes or ploys in these films - here Wayne and Hayes are undercover law men - who don't find that out until late in the film, and the use of dynamite to defeat the bad guys. As usual, the action is well paced, avoiding as much as possible fight scenes and instead allowing Wayne to out think the bad guys. Enjoy.